Saturday, May 9, 2015
National Nursing Day
This past Wednesday, May 6 was National Nurses Day. Being a Nurses Aide I was able to help celebrate that day at our place of work with other members of the nursing department. National Nurses Week ends on May 12th and started on National Nurses Day. May 12th is a great day of its own to the many nurses around the world. May 12th is the birthday of Florence Nightingale.
Florence Nightingale was a nurse in the late 1800s. She cared for the poor and distressed and became an advocate for improving medical conditions for everyone. During her lifetime she mentored other nurses who were known as Nightingale Probationers. These nurses also worked to create safer, healthier hospitals. Nightingale served during war time as well. Her volunteers would work beside her to help wounded soldiers and send messages between troops. Nightingale would help nurses to reform the hospital so that clean equipment was always available and reorganize patient care. She worked hard to fight to improve living conditions.
The first ever National Nursing week originally in February was declared by President Nixon. May of 1968 Nurses Day was recognized in New Jersey. In 1982 President Reagan declared May 6 a "National Recognition for Nurses". Hospitals, nursing homes, and community agencies around the country have celebrated the week